ADN vs BSN
- 0Aug 17, '02 by SkrawberriI was just wondering, what is the difference between an ADN (RN)and a BSN (RN), besides the fact one is a 4 year and one is a 2 year program?
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- 0Aug 18, '02 by amblessingOriginally posted by det01
I think one of my nurse friends says it is 13 cents more an hour at her hospital.
- 0Aug 18, '02 by studentOHMy answers come from asking this question to a ton of nurses:
--There is no difference skill wise. One nurse manager told me she preferred to hire ADN's (this is local keep in mind) from my school.
--SOME places (not anywhere around here--ohio) will pay extra for a BSN. Some places it's significant, others it's a small amount.
--The biggest thing a BSN will do is open up more for you down the road. You may decide you're interested in management, want to go to grad school, etc.
The only other thing I can add is this. When I posted this question on another nursing website 20 replied and all 20 said to make sure I got my bachelor's degree. Even if you get the ADN first make sure to keep going while you're still used to studying. Good luck!
- 0Aug 18, '02 by nightingaleAlso, some certifications require a BSN. Ex: Med/Surg certification through the ANCC (American Nursing Credentialing Center) will certify you in Med/Surg with a two year degree and I believe also a diploma degree; the board certification through ANCC requires a BSN.
A facility close by gives an extra dollar per hour for the BSN prepared nurse. Most facilities that I have dealt with do nto give additional recognition or money.
I first obtained my ADN in 1998. I then worked toward the RN to BSN degree; I graduated from the local University in 2001. So far, I have been offered several positions that required the BSN but quite frankly I am busy working towards other goals in my career that are more important to me.
I feel very good about having gone the extra mile towards my credentials. Someday, I will probably want one of those positions that require the BSN; maybe not. Knowing that they are available to me, if I so choose, is empowering.
I work along side, CNA's, LPN's, ADN's, BSN's, and beyond; sometimes it is hard to tell who is the more attuned person to the decison at hand. Yes, ofcourse, education and license is mandated and important. What I am trying to say is a degree does not make you smarter or more capable in a given situation.
Good luck in whatever decision you make. Know we will be heare to support you either way.
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- 0Aug 18, '02 by sbic56Many BSN degree programs are more theory focused. Many ADN programs produce nurses that are more clinically ready. I have found that to be the case on occasion, but I think in the long term, getting your BSN is beneficial. More education means more opportunities will open up for you.
- 0Aug 18, '02 by 2amigosWow, this is awesome! On other boards this thread would be afire with flames! lol I am just now doing my prerequisites for my ADN here at the local Community College but am checking into the Rn to BSN program at a nearby University. It looks like there are a couple of extra prerequisites for the BSN that I can get done now at the CC. I spoke to some of the Nursing teachers, and according to them, out west there isn't all that much difference between ADN and BSN. I looked at the courses and I think I want more education before I go out there and start working as a nurse. I'm sure they cover some of it in the ADN program, but I don't imagine it would be as indepth as in the BSN, mainly due to time constraints.
I have no idea what I'd like to do when I graduate. I am really envious of some of you that KNOW! I'm excited about the possibilities out there! I THINK I'd really like HH or Hospice or possible LTC. I've spent a lot of time working and living with people with mental retardation and health issues and it's a blast, but I wish I knew more. I imagine that's what school is for?!
Thanks to everyone for such great information and support! I'd be lost without this forum!
- 0Aug 18, '02 by 2amigosShoot, after doing some more research I found out that the University that offers the BSN program here in New Mexico states that you should have one year work experience as a RN before admittance to their program I'm already 44 and just starting on my prereq........gonna be ready for Social Security before I get my BSN......:lol:
- 0Aug 18, '02 by Love-A-Nurseoriginally posted by 2amigos
shoot, after doing some more research i found out that the university that offers the bsn program here in new mexico states that you should have one year work experience as a rn before admittance to their program i'm already 44 and just starting on my prereq........gonna be ready for social security before i get my bsn......:lol: